It was recently announced that Kenya Airways will start operations to Muscat, Oman at the beginning of May, with initially three flights a week leaving Nairobi every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. This is adding another crucial destination in the Middle East/Gulf area to the airline’s growing network.
Trade links with Oman have been close for many generations, initially by the traditional dhow, before larger ships took over much of the cargo traffic. The new route will undoubtedly also attract tourist visitors from Oman to East Africa besides facilitating business traffic. Further expansion in Africa and elsewhere, however, now depends largely on the arrival of more aircraft presently under order from Boeing.
Meanwhile, it was also learned that following internal reviews triggered by premium passenger complaints about having to fly “Y” on the airline’s Embraer 170 aircraft, a cabin reconfiguration has now been effected. The new layout is offering 8 business class seats in a dedicated cabin with the same service levels as normally experienced on KQ’s B737 services on domestic and regional routes. The overall number of seats on the Embraer was subsequently slightly reduced in favor of having both “C” and “Y” cabins across the entire fleet.